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Memorial Books: Comparative and Global Perspectives: A One-Day International Workshop
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​Sunday, February 27, 2022

via zoom


Co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute, the Jewish Studies Program, and the Department of History at Penn State and the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Delaware.



8:30–9:30 a.m. EST

Memorial Books as Objects

Chair: Margalit Schindler, University of Delaware

Jennifer Rich, Rowan University, “Salvaged: Yizker Bikher as Sacred Objects”

Amy L. Hubbell, The University of Queensland, “Crowding Out the Algerian War in French Memorial Books”

Kinga Frojimovics, Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, “A Second Generation (Hungarian) Yizkor Book from 2018”


11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. EST

Memory as an Act of Reconstruction

Chair: Börries Kuzmany, Universität Wien

Vahé Tachjian, Houshamdyan Website, Berlin, “To Remember and Write, to Remember and Draw: When Restoring the Past Becomes the Meaning of Life”

Susan Slyomovics, UCLA, “ In the wake of Memorializing French Algeria’s Agricultural Schools”

Aviad Moreno and Haim Bitton, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, “The Moroccan Yizkor Book: Reconstructing Jewish Community Space in a Post–Colonial Context”


9:40–11:10 a.m. EST

Historiography, Genre, Writing Traditions,

and Narrative in Memorial Books

Chair: Ran Zwigenberg, Penn State

Marianne Windsperger, Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, “The Afterlife of Yizker Bikher in Contemporary Jewish Writing”

Polly Zavadivker, University of Delaware, “Through a Lens Darkly: World War I as Depicted in Jewish Memorial Books”

Gail Drucker Bar-Am, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, "Narrating Bygone Places: Memorial Books and the Post-WWII Jewish Quest for Collective Identity"


1:10–3:00 p.m. EST

Memorial ‘Books’ in the Digital Age

Chair: András Riedlmayer, Harvard University

Alexandra Zaremba, American University, “Our Yugoslavias: Ethics, Outcomes, and Opportunities in Reconstructing Everyday Yugoslav Life in the Nationalist and Digital Present”

Rochelle Davis, Georgetown University, “Palestinian Village Books from Print to Internet”

Eliyana R. Adler, Penn State, “The Ethics of Representation in Crowdsourced Translations of Yizker-Bikher”

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  • Center for Global and Area Studies
  • 77 East Main Street - Room 217
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19711, USA
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